Posted by Jessie K / Sunday, July 28, 2013 / No comments / Arkansas , Buffalo River , Historical Site , Kid Friendly , Things to Do
Parker-Hickman Homestead in Newton County, AR (Buffalo National River)
The historic Parker-Hickman Homestead is located in the Buffalo National River area. It is said to the oldest standing home along the Buffalo River, built between 1847-1849.
The homestead is located past the Erbie Campgrounds which are off of HWY 7 about 3 1/2 miles North of Jasper or about 2 miles South of Pruitt. From HWY 7, you'll drive about 6 miles to reach the homestead which will be on your left. This is a gravel road so I warn you that after a hard rain I do not advise driving on these back roads, at least not without some serious 4-wheel drive.
We've visited the homestead twice in the last few years...once in early Spring and once in the middle of Summer. Both visits were very enjoyable! The grounds were taken care of and not overgrown. The area is beautiful. It's surrounded by woods and open grassy areas. Early Spring was particularly beautiful as it was exceptionally green, there were lots of flowers, and the stream running on the property was flowing nicely.
Your able to enter and explore the main house as well as the surrounding buildings which include an outhouse and a few barns and sheds.
The pictures below were taken on the front porch of the main house. The first was in 2010 and includes my husband, stepson and son. The second was taken in 2013 when we brought my youngest to the house for the first time and my oldest for the second time. I love that we have these two pictures, taken in the same spot. I hope to return a few years from now for yet another time relapse picture. Maybe we'll try going in the Fall next time. I'm sure it is absolutely stunning with the fall foliage surrounding it!